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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Agricultural Research Administration 
Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine 
Washington 25, D. C. 



B. E. P. Q. kOk, 2d Revision January k, 1952 

PLANT -QUARANTINE IMPORT RESTRICTIONS 
OF INDIA 



This revision of the plant quarantine import restrictions 
of India has "been prepared for the information of nurserymen, 
plant quarantine officials, and others interested in the expor- 
tation of plants and plant products to that country. 

The circular was prepared by Richard Faxon, Division of 
Plant Quarantines, from the "Rules for Regulating the Import of 
Plants, etc., into British India," Notification No. F.320/35-A, 
July 20, 1936, corrected up to June 27, 1951, furnished "by the 
American Embassy, New Delhi, India, in Despatch 765, dated 
October 3, 1951, and from other valid notifications. 

The information contained in this circular is believed to 
be correct and complete up to the time of its preparation, but 
it is not intended to be used independently of, nor as a sub- 
stitute for the original, and it is not to be interpreted as 



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PLANT -QUARANTINE IMPORT RESTRICTIONS 
OF INDIA 
BASIC LEGISLATION 



The Destructive Insects and Pests Act, approved February 3, 1914, as 
amended . 

The Act empowers the Governor-General-in-Council, by notification of 
the Gazette of India, to prohibit or regulate the importation into British 
India of any article or class of articles likely to cause infection of any 
crop. 

The Act also empowers the local government, subject to the control of 
the Governor -General -in -Council, to make rules for the detention, inspec- 
tion, disinfection, or destruction of such article or class of articles 
and to impose penalties for infractions of the said rules. 



ROLES FOR REGULATING THE IMPORT OF PLANTS, ETC,, 
INTO BRITISH INDIA 

Notification No. F. 320/35-A,, datod July 20, 1936 
(corrected up to June 27, 1951) 

DEFINITIONS 

1. In this order: 

(i) "Official certificate" means a certificate granted by the proper 
officer or authority in the country of origin (exports of plants and plant 
products from the United States to India must be certified by the U, S* 
Department of Agriculture); 

(ii) "Plant" means a living plant or part thereof, but does not in- 
clude seeds; 

(iii) "Prescribed port" means any of the following ports: Bombay, 
Calcutta, Cochin, Dhanushkodi, Madras, Negapatam, Port Blair, and Tuticorin; 

(iv) All provisions referring to plants or seeds shall apply also to all 
packing material used in packing or wrapping such plants or seeds. 

MAIL AND PARCEL POST 

2. No plant shall be imported into India by means of the letter or 
sample post; provided that sugarcane for planting intended to be grown 
under the personal supervision of the Government Sugarcane Expert, 
Coimbatore, may be imported by him by such post. 



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IMPORTATION BY AIR 

3. Wo plant shall be imported into India by air; provided that plants 
which are infested vith living insects and are intended for the introduc- 
tion of such living insects may be so imported if they are accompanied "by a 
special certificate from the Head of Division of Entomology , Indian 
Agricultural Research Institute, that euch plants are imported for the pur- 
pose of introducing such insects, 

PRESS NOT£S- -RULES REGARDING PLANT IMPORTS 
(Despatch 9^8, 11/2/51. Ameabassy, New Delhi) 

Under the existing rules the import of the following Q^eds by air is 
restricted? 

(1) The import of Eevea rubber seeds is prohibited from America and 
West Indies except cy the Director of Agriculture, Madras. 

(ii) The import of seeds of flax, berseem, cotton, and Mexican Jumping 
beans is prohibited. 

(iii) The import cf coffee seeds and ceffee beans is prohibited except 
by the Director of Research, Indian Coffee Board, Bangs lore. This prohibi- 
tion docs not apply to (a) rcasted and ground coffee, or (b) to a consign- 
ment of unroa&ted or unground coffee beans or seeds prcduced in India or 
in Burma and covered by a certificate cf origin in the specified form and 
signed by a competent authority. 

(iv) The import of sunflower seeds from Peru and Argentina is prohibited. 
The transit of plants through India by air, or their transshipment, is, 
however, permitted provided they are accompanied ly an official certificate 
and are packed in such containers as will not permit insects reaching or 
leaving the plant material and as are not opened in any part of India. 

FUMIGATION 

h. No plants other than fruits and vegetables intended for consump- 
tion, -notatoes, sugarcane^ and unmanufactured tobacco, either raw or cured, 
3hall be imported into India by nea except after fumigation with hydro- 
cyanic acid gas and at a prescribed port! Provided ; that plants which are 
infested with living parasitized insects and are intended for the introduc- 
tion of such par nsit.es may be imported without such fumigation if the:- are 
accompanied by a special certificate from the Head of Division cf Entomology, 
Indian Agricultural Research Institute, that such plants are imported for 
the purpose cf introducing such parasites. 

GEPr:ncATicN 

f>. (1) No plants, other than unmanufactured tobacco imported from 
Burma, fruits and vegetables intended for consumption, and potatoes, shall 



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be imported into India by sea from the United States unless accompanied by 
an official certificate, issued by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, 
that they are free from injurious insects and diseases. 

(2) The certificate shall be in the form prescribed in the Third 
Schedule, or in a form as near thereto as may be, and supplying all infor- 
mation called for in that form, which follows: 

Certificate 

This is to certify that the plant (s), living plant (s), or plant 

a representative sample of the plant (s) 
products (Strike out the words not applicable) 

living plant (a), or plant products 

included in the consignment, of which particulars are given below were/was 

thoroughly examined on the (date) by (name) 

a duly authorized official of the » . and found to be 

healthy, no evidence of the presence of any injurious insect, pest, or 
disease (destructive to agricultural or horticultural crops or to trees or 
bushes) having been found in/on them, and that the consignment (including 
the packing) covered by this certificate has/has not been treated in the 
following manner (e.g., fumigated with or disinfected with 



prior 



immediately subsequent to inspection. 



Inspected i n the field by a duly authorized inspector on 
Not inspected 

Signature « 

Official Status . 



Date 

No. and description of packages . . 

Distinguishing marks 

Description of plants or plant products or parts thereof ....... 

Started to be grown at 

Exported by 

Name and address of consignee 

Name of vessel or particulars of route 

Date of shipment 

Port or place of entry 

Additional Certificate (s) attached 

(Give here details of any special certificates issued in respect to 
imports specifically scheduled.) 



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POTATOES EY SEA 

6. Potatoes shall not bo imported into India by sea except from 
Bursa, unless they are accompanied by 8 

(a^ A certificate from the consignor stating fully in what country 
ar.d in what district of such country the potatoes vera grew* and 

(t; An official certificate s tat lags 

(i) That no case of warty disease (S ynchytrluri endobi otic urn.) of pota- 
toes or the existence of the pests, golden nematode ( H6t srodcra 
ros tochiensis 'i and Colorado potato "beetle (, Leptinotarea decomlineata ) in 
any stage of development has occurred at any tine during 12 months preced- 
ing the date of the certificate within 5 miles of the place where the pota- 
toes included in the consignment were grown; 

(il) That the crop from whioh the potatoes were derived was officially 
inspected in the field and that the degree of freedom, from virus diseases, 
vas sufficiently high to ensure the suitability of the progeny for seed 
purposes and that the said crop vas not grown in the vicinity of any un- 
healthy potato crop; and . 

(ill) That a representative sample of, potatoes included in the consign- 
ment was thoroughly examined ar-d found to be healthy and there was no 
evidence in it of the .presence of any insect pest or fungus destructive to 
agricultural and horticultural crops; 

Provided , that potatoes -nay be imported from Italy if they are accomp- 
anied by a cert if icate of freedom from disease granted by a Royal 
Phytopat ho logical Institute in Italy; 

Provided also, that potatoes may bo imported under a certificate from 
the Bead of Division of Botany, Indian Agricultural Pesearch Institute, 
New Delhi, or the Plant Protection Adviser to the Government of India, or 
the Director, Central Potato Research Institute 

RUE3EB P^AIv T TS 

T 6 Rubber plants shall not be imported into India by sea unless, in 
addition to the general certificate required under Rule 5, they are accomp- 
anied by an official certificate that the estate from which the plants have 
originated or the individual plants are free from Fomes llgno sus, 
Spbaer os tilbe repens , D othidella ale i ( = Melanopsammops i s uleiT T 
Fusicladiurv macrosporum , and Qidiu^i heveae 

CITY'S PLANTS 

OP... No lemon plants, lime plants, orange plants, grapefruit plants, 
or other citrus plants, and no cuttings of such plants shall be Imported 
into India -unless, in addition to the general certificate required under 
Rule 5, they are accompanied by an official certificate that they are free 
from the Mai Secoo caused oj Deuterophome. tracheiphlla , or that the disease 
does not exist in the country in which they were grown. 



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TOBACCO 

8B. Unmanufactured tobacco, either raw or cured, shall not be im- 
ported into India by sea except from Burma or the Kalat State, unless, in 
addition to the general certificate required under Rule 5, it is accomp- 
anied by an official certificate that it is free from Ephestia elutella 
or that the pest does not exist in the country of origin. ^See also 
PQM No, 51*0). 

Provided , that in the case of tobacco unaccompanied by such certifi- 
cates, the consignment shall be examined on importation by such officer as 
the Central Government may appoint, on payment of such fee, if any, to 
meet the cost of such examination as it may direct, 

SUGARCANE 

9. (1) The importation of sugarcane into India by sea from the Fiji 
Islands, New Guinea, Australia, or the Philippine Islands is prohibited 
absolutely. 

(2) The importation of sugarcane into India by sea from any other 
country is prohibited unless, in addition to the general certificate re- 
quired under Rule 5, it is accompanied by an official certificate that it 
has been examined and found free from cane borers, scale insects, white - 
flies, root disease (any form), pineapple disease, C e rat os tome 11a paradoxa 
( Thielaviopsis paradoxa ), sereh , and cane gummosis, that it was obtained 
from a crop which was free from mosaic disease, and that the Fiji disease 
of sugarcane does not occur in the country of export: 

Provide d , that in the case of canes for planting imported direct by 
the Government Sugarcane Expert, Coimbatore, and intended to be grown 
under his personal supervision, such certificates shall be required only 
in respect to the freedom of the country of export from the Fiji disease 
of sugarcane. 

HEVEA 

10. (a) Hevea rubber plants and hevea rubber seeds shall not be im- 
ported into India from America or from the West Indies except by the 
Director of Agriculture, Madras. 

FLAXSEED, BERSEEM, AND COTTONSEED 

11. (a) Seeds of flax, berseem, and cotton shall not be imported by 
letter or sample post or otherwise than by sea (See also 13 and 14 (2))« 

(b) The importation of "Mexican Jumping beans ( Sebastiania palmer i ) 
of the family Euphorbiaceae" is prohibited absolutely. 



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COFFEE 

12. Coffee plants, coffee seeds, and coffee beans shall not be Imported 
into India except for experimental planting purposes only by the Director of 
Research, Indian Coffee Board, Bangalore, who shall take all measures neces- 
sary to ensure that such coffee plants, beans, or seeds as are imported by 
him are free from plant diseases and injurious insects: 

Provided , that the prohibition hereinbofore contained shall not apply 
to (i) roasted and ground coffee, or (ii) a consignment of unroasted or 
unground coffee beans or seeds produced in India or in Burma and covered by 
a certificate of origin signed by an authorized official. 

13. Flax seeds and berseem (Egyptian clover) seeds shall not be im- 
ported into India by sea, unless the consignee produces before the Collector 
of Customs a license from a Department of Agriculture in India in that be- 
half 

RAW COTTON 

ll+. (l) Unginned cotton, other than cotton from a port of Saurashtra or 
of the Lasbella or Kalat State which has been produced in India shall not 
be imported by sea or by air. 

(2) Cottonseed shall not be imported by sea save for experimental pur- 
poses by one of the Directors of Agriculture and shall not be so imported 
by such officer save at the port of Bombay and in quantities not exceeding 
one hundredweight in any one consignment and on condition that it will be 
fumigated on importation with carbon bisulphide or methyl bromide: Provided , 
that, if the cottonseed is accompanied by a certificate from a Government 
Entomologist of the country of origin to the effect that the seed and its 
container have been treated in such a way as to destroy all insect life, the 
seed shall be examined on importation by such officer as the Central Govern- 
ment may appoint and shall not be required to be refumigated unless such 
examination shows that refumigation is necessary. 

GINNED COTTON 

Notification No. 1581, A&ri., dated October 1, 1931, as amended up to 
April 18, 1950, Regulating the Import into British India of American Cotton 
or West Indies cotton. 

Definitions 

1. In this order: 
(i) "Cotton" includes ginned cotton, and droppings, strippings, fly 
and other waste products of a cotton mill, other than yarn waste, but does 
not include cottonseed or unginned cotton. 



(ii) "American cotton" means all cotton produced in any part of America, 
(iii) "Bale" means any pressed package of cotton of whatever size or 
density, 

(iv) "Square Bale" means a "bale exceeding 27 pounds, 

(v) "Round Bale" means a "bale not exceeding 270 pounds r 
(vi) "West Indies Cotton" means all cotton produced in any part of the 
West Indies. 

2. The entry of American cotton or West Indies cotton is restricted to t 
ports of Bombay and Madras. 

(a) On or before the departure of a ship carrying a consignment of 
American cotton or West Indies cotton for Bombay or Madras from the port 
from which the cotton is consigned, the consignee shall ascertain the name 
of the ship, the probable date of its arrival in Bombay or Madras, and the 
number of square and round bales in the above consignment, and furnish this 
information to Customs and other authorities in Bombay and Madras at least 
Ik days before the arrival of the ship at the port concerned, 

(b) The cotton shall be disinfected on arrival at Bombay or Madras, as 
prescribed by the local government. 

(c) Cost of fumigation is payable to Collectors of Customs at Bombay 
or Madras. 

Samples of American or West Indies cotton by paroei poet or ship 1 3 
parcels not exceeding 20 pounds each shall be fumigated free of charge at 
Bombay or Madras Customs House fumigation chamber. 

SUNFLOWER SEED 

IkA. Sunflower seed shall not be imported into India from Argentina 
and Peru by means of letter or sample post or as passengers' accompanied 
baggage or by any other means. 

ONION SMUT 

llfBo No bulbs or plants of onion ( Allium cepa), garlic ( Allium 
sativum ), shallot ( Allium ascolonicum ), leek ( Allium porrum ), chive ( Allium 
schoenoprasum ) shall be imported into India unless they are accompanied, in 
addition to the general certificates required under Rule 5, by an official 
phytosanitary certificate guaranteeing freedom from the fungus disease, 
Urocystis cepulae , (Notification of amendment of Notification No, F„ 
320/35-A, dated July 20, 1936, effective September 11, 1951 J 

15 > Nothing in these rules shall be deemed to apply to: 

(1) The bringing by sea or by air from one port or place in India to 
another such port or place; or 

(2) The transit of plants through India by air, or their transshipment 
if they are accompanied by official certificates as prescribed in entry (i) 
of Rule 1, and are packed in such containers as will not permit insects 
reaching or leaving the plant material and as are not to be opened in any 
part of India, 



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